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Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis must make All-Star or All-NBA team to get $2.6 million bonus each year

Domantas Sabonis

The Indiana Pacers seem to have a very bright future ahead of them while former Gonzaga Bulldogs big man Domantas Sabonis appears primed to serve as a huge part of that future. Adding to such a notion, Sabonis notably signed a four-year, $77 million contract extension with the Pacers earlier in the day on Monday.

Not only that, but according to a recent report from Tim Bontemps of ESPN, the up-and-coming big man has the chance to earn even more money from the Pacers going forward.

“The incentives in Domantas Sabonis’ extension with the Pacers are $2.6 million each year — which are split evenly for him being named an All-Star or to an All-NBA team in each year of the four-year deal, league sources told ESPN,” writes Bontemps.

It is also worth noting that this $77 million contract extension could net Sabonis approximately $87.4 million when all is said and done.

The 23-year-old remained calm throughout the negotiation process — despite the previous rumors of the young forward possibly being traded.

“There’s not really much to talk about,” Sabonis previously said regarding the rumors of a looming contract extension from the Pacers, via CBS Sports. “I know exactly how the Pacers feel about me now, they know how I feel about that, and there’s not much more to say. Let my agents do the rest of it and we’ll see what happens.”

Sabonis was originally selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 11 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft out of Gonzaga. However, he would go on to last only one season in Oklahoma City before being traded to Indiana in July 2017 in a deal that was highlighted by the swap of All-Star swingmen Victor Oladipo and Paul George.

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